Culver City Edition

Volunteer helpers sought for Fiesta La Ballona

CULVER CITY — Volunteers are still being sought for Fiesta La Ballona, the city’s annual summer party in the park that will be held Aug. 28-30 at Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Ave.

Volunteers are considered the backbone of the festival, according to the committee planning the festival.

Individuals as well as groups from businesses, churches, schools, clubs or neighborhoods may volunteer by contacting Jill Thomsen at (310) 253-6722.

Wristbands are now available for carnival rides during the festival. Pre-sale wristbands are $25 and are good for unlimited rides. At the carnival, wristbands will be $30.

On opening night of the festival, carnival rides are two for the price of one.

Wristbands can be purchased at the recreation registration counter.

The Fiesta La Ballona features live music, food trucks and a variety of food concessions, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, artisan wares and many family-oriented attractions for all ages. Admission and parking are free.

Last year, the fiesta attracted 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The fiesta is produced by the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, the Fiesta La Ballona Committee and scores of volunteers. A variety of local sponsors help fund the event.

The fiesta promotes recycling and makes conscious environmental choices by being a zero waste event.

Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the region’s early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival. It was named after La Ballona Creek, an 8.8-mile waterway that flows through Culver City.

Hours for this year’s event are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28 (carnival rides begin at 6 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 29 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 30.

To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org.

Information on unique and tailored sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting fiesta.laballona@culvercity.org or by calling (310) 253-6667.